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it is shrinking the deficit, but we're into a long-term decline if we don't make the critical investments. >> all right. and we're down to ten days on the legislative side to get it done. it doesn't seem good at this point. congressman, good to have you with us tonight. have a great thanksgiving. appreciate your time. "politicsnation" with reverend al sharpton begins right now. good evening, rev. >> good evening, ed. and thanks to you for tuning in. tonight's lead, toward a more perfect union. the great fight of our time is the fight for fairness in this country. we see that on issue after issue. health care, of course, and voting rights. but no issue is more central to who we are as a people than the issue of income equality. over the last 30 years, the income for the top 1% has grown 275%, but the poorest in this
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country, they barely made any gains at all. nothing about that graphic is fair. nothing. and today pope francis made a powerful statement asking politicians around the world to turn their backs on policies that contribute to this great divide. he slammed the idolatry of money. asking how can it be that it is not a news item when an elderly homeless person dies of exposure, but it is news when the stock market loses two points? wow. he went on to say, just as the commandment thou shalt not kill sets a clear limit in order to safeguard the value of human life, today we also have to say thou shalt not to an economy of exclusion and inequality.
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such an economy kills. this was a call for fairness for a better society. and it is in stark contrast to the shameful false moral arguments we hear from the right wing in this country. evoking faith to justify their cruelty. >> self-reliance means if anyone will not work, neither should he eat. >> the role of citizens, of christians, of humanity is to take care of each other. but not for washington to steal money from those in the country and give it to others in the country. >> the one who is unwilling to work shall not eat. so we have to be careful how we pick and choose verses out of the bible. >> one of the primary parts of catholic teaching is don't keep people poor. don't make people dependent on government. >> if a great society is judged
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on how we treat the least among us, then we need to change this thanksgiving. it's almost upon us. we must be clear eyed about that fact that 47 million americans will feel the brunt of devastating food stamp cuts. what's congresswoman bachmann's phrase? they shall not eat? and how about this. just days after christmas, unemployment benefits will expire for 1.3 million people, but the house republicans won't even allow a vote to stop that from happening. this party has shown a malicious disdain for the safety net. casually dismissing policies to help those in need. >> i don't think raising the minimum wage and history is clear about this, doesn't accomplish those goals. >> i'm not speaking to the minimum wage issue.
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right now we're trying to provide more jobs for everyone. >> a lot of people being paid the minimum wage are being paid that because they come to the workforce with no skills. >> maybe it's simply too easy for many in power to dismiss raising the minimum wage. after all, the median income worth of a member of congress is about a million dollars. but a typical u.s. household, just around $67,000. maybe that statistic explains the indifference we're seeing from too many in washington. this is not an attack on capitalism. it's a call on our political leaders, especially congressional republicans. shouldn't we all want an economy in which everyone can succeed? joining me now are richard wolffe and goldie taylor. thank you both for coming on the show.
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>> thank you. >> the right talks about religion a lot. but what about taking care of thy brother and thy sister? >> i think it's interesting to hear them talk about people who select their own pieces of the bible to fit their common narrative. my pastor likes to say that you ought to be seeing your politics through the lens of your faith. rather than the faith through the lens of your politics. not what the bible tells them according to what they think is right politically. at the end of the day, we've got 47 million people in the country who are hungry. and people who may not count on a meal tonight. there were haitians today in a boat capsized and killed today on the ocean, but that's not a story tonight. the story tonight is, you know, what stock prices twitter is trading at. we've got businesses in this country that are frankly more
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profitable than at any other time in american history. but american wages are depressed lower than any other time in history. and there's something that's immoral about that. >> no doubt about it. you know, richard, a group of conservative lawmakers in the house are pushing a new government funding bill that would cut $20 billion from medicaid and transfer it to the pentagon. >> yeah. reverend, i remember a republican not so long ago who disagreed with past republicans because they wanted to in his words, balance the budgets on the backs of the poor. and he had a whole brand of compassionate conservatism. that was actually george w. bush. the british prime minister today david cameron has kind of modeled himself on something similar. i think it's hard for republicans to do anything than speak to their base with this harsh rhetoric. they are much better off having a principled approach on how
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there's a common purpose, a community purpose that they represent. it could be community purpose based through faith. that was the faith-based solutions that president bush was talking about. but they have to speak to a bigger audience. not act like the people are underdeserving poor too lazy to find work. that is a narrow argument for them to win support. it didn't work for romney before and it's not going to work for them this time around. >> directly attacked the gop theory of trickle down economics saying, quote, some people continue to defend trickle down theories. this opinion which has never been confirmed by the facts expresses a crude and naive trust in the goodness of those wielding economic power. meanwhile, the excluded are still waiting. powerful statement from the pope. >> i've got to admit, reverend
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sharpton. i'm completely and utterly in love with this pope. the kinds of real messages that speaks to the hearts of people are simply just inspiring. i'd like to hear more of this from this pope. i hope this message reaches some of the hardened hearts we've got in our country. so at the end of the day, this is what we've got to focus on here. we've got to focus on people coming to the workforce with more skills. but that means we've got to fix a broken education system, a broken health care system. we have to get people economically ready to participate in this society. but we can't break those things. we can't break those things and then turn around and say you're not prepared or you're not ready to earn. we've got to fix this first. >> you've got to deal with the economy and you've got to deal with the fairness question in terms of inequality in income. when you look at a guy like paul ryan of all people trying to sell himself as someone who is fighting poverty and winning
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minds, richard, i mean, you wonder what they're talking about. do they really believe that what they're doing is going to really help to fight poverty by cutting the budgets of food stamps? by cutting the unemployment insurance of people who really can't find work, many of them working? i mean, what could they be thinking to convince themselves that this is somehow helping to fight poverty? >> look, i think paul ryan is clearly sending out signals he's trying to pick up that george w. bush playbook from 2000. and in some ways put distance between himself and his own plan especially when it comes to things like medicaid. you know, it was harsh. he was being encouraged to be bold and to break the deadlock, but you don't break the deadlock by showing absolutely no compassion. we're talking about extremely low levels of income to qualify for medicaid at all, so it's not like you're going to attract the
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votes of people who get medicaid. it's what you express about your party's values and about your own values. again, paul ryan's a smart guy. he recognizes this is not a winning track that he was on before. >> when you look at the fact that even as late as yesterday, goldie, fox was mocking the president's recent statement that he's not a socialist. watch this. >> conservatives like me think he's a socialist, but the president doesn't always see it that way. here's what he said last week. >> i would distinguish between the rhetoric and the tactics versus the ideological differences. in most countries you've got -- people call me a socialist sometimes, but you've got to meet real socialists. you'll have a real sense of what a socialist is. >> he's not a real socialist. he's just a fake socialist. >> i mean, when you look at the
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stock market and wall street and the top 1% and what they're doing and you look at the average american has made little progress and you call that socialism under this president? i mean, this is absurd. >> you know, if this president was a socialist, then maybe we would have some wage parity in this country. maybe we would have less inequality, gender inequality in this country. maybe more people would be able to find affordable housing in this country. maybe if this president were a socialist, you know, then a child in inner city atlanta would have just as great of a chance at a great education than a child in alpharetta if this president was a socialist they think he is. the fact of the matter is -- >> i'm sure he supports a lot of what you just said and i say. but that does not make you a social itself. that makes you an american
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patriot. thank you both for your time this evening. >> thanks, reverend. >> thank you. coming up, more ugly reaction from the right to president obama's nuclear deal with iran. from appeasement to negotiating with terrorists to distraction, it's about one thing. dehumanizing president obama. plus more signs obama care is working and today president obama had a stern message for republicans routing for failure. and inside george zimmerman's house, police reveal the gun they found and other findings that may surprise you. stay with us. stick with innovation. stick with power. stick with technology.
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right wing pundits and politicians are ramping up their deranged response to president obama's nuke deal with iran. lacing their comments with ridiculous accusations and ugly disrespect. take a look. >> under the cover of darkness were our fearless commander in
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chief addressed the e country and announced he's willing to enter into a nuclear agreement with tehran. the president is openly negotiating with terrorists. >> openly negotiating with terrorists? this is ugly stuff. president obama is working to take away nuclear weapons from iran. have republicans forgotten who actually gave weapons to iran? the reagan administration. that's right. during the iran affair in the 1980s, the reaganites traded arms to iran in exchange for hostages. it was a scandal, but republicans don't want to talk about that, do they? joining me now is dana milbank from the "washington post." dana, thank you for joining me. >> hi, reverend. >> you wrote something in your new column that really struck me, dana. the president announced the
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details of the iran nuke deal at 10:34 p.m. saturday night. but an hour and a half earlier at 9:08 p.m., former bush press secretary ari fleischer sent out a tweet that said, quote, the iran deal and our allies. you can't spell abandonment without obama. attacking the deal before it was even announced? classic. they exposed their true agenda. they don't care about policy. they only care about opposing this president, dana. >> i think, reverend, that the president could have struck a deal to promote mother hood, baseball, and apple pie around the world and republicans would have reflexively disapproved of it. and it is sort of -- to call it knee jerk, i think is -- i think the rejection of anything obama
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does goes more quickly than a knee jerk response. it is truly automatic here. now, in this case what they're saying is any talking with iran, unacceptable. so that means, well, then i guess we have to go to war with iran. of course we tried that once before going to war before exhausting diplomatic responsibilities. that's when ari fleischer was speaking from the white house podium, and we know how that turned out. >> the reaction to this nuke deal has been as you said automatic and ugly. when you look at representative culberson says it's worse than munich. representative poe, it's a bum deal. bachmann says it's total surrender. and other republicans claim the deal was just a distraction from obama care. listen to this. >> these people will do anything to distract us from how bad obama care is.
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including let the iranians get a nuclear weapon down the road. >> now sparking many to believe that it is yet another attempt to distract from the disastrous rollout. >> isn't that curious timing? john kerry pulls a rabbit out of his hat and changes the subject. it's handy for them. >> it is handy for them. let's just put it that way. >> so the fact they've been working on this for over a year, many months, had nothing to do that this was all about obama care. it's from one conspiracy theory to another ugly attack. and we're talking about avoiding war here, dana. >> right. you've heard of the wag the dog thing in the past where a president's accused of launching a military strike to distract from domestic problems. this is the first time a president has been accused of peace to distract from domestic problems. and it is silly to say they would have been pressured to know they had problems with obama care to start negotiating several months ago with iran and
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our european partners and others just to have the idea of making this distraction for this thing that popped up in the last two weeks. it's really quite devious, don't you think? >> it is. it's baffling, it's so devious. what is interesting to note is that this deal in iran shouldn't really be a surprise. the president ran on a platform that included direct talks with iran. listen to him on "meet the press" back in 2008. listen to this. >> i have consistently said that we've got to talk directly to iran. those kind of direct talks have not taken place. that's the kind of change in foreign policy that i plan to put in place when i'm president of the united states. >> he said he would talk to iran direct. he said that these things have not happened. he's doing that, and the american people voted for him. they voted to change direction from the bush years when they voted for obama.
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so what's the big news here to our right wing friends? >> well, the american people did that and the iranian people approved a new leader there who seems more willing to deal in good faith. now, we don't know if the iranians are going to deal in good faith, but that's the silliness of the criticism of this. it's a six-month deal completely reversible. the iranians don't continue to do what they were told to do, then tougher sanctions go back into place. nothing lost. the only reason not to do it is to say we would prefer to launch a military strike before finding out if these guys are real. they're probably not for real, but it would be a shame not to explore that possibly first. >> and i think you're right. we don't know what they will do. it's likely they may not live up to it. but you have to always try peace before you go into risking lives and losing lives.
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dana milbank, thanks for your time tonight. have a great thanksgiving. >> you too. thanks, reverend. still ahead, mitch mcconnell tries to play fast and loose with his own record and instead lands in tonight's got ya. plus the stunning discovery police made inside the home of george zimmerman. could it effect the case against him? stay with us. honestly, i wanted a phone with a better camera. my boyfriend has a lot of can't-miss moments.
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have signed up in new york state. that number's up 58% in just two weeks. nationwide the law has helped more than 7 million seniors save nearly $9 billion on prescription drugs. on average each person saved $1200. we know speaker boehner signed up through the exchange website. it turns out, his constituents back home in ohio like the health care law too. 51% say expanding medicaid under the law was good idea. yes, there have been problems with the law, but it's working. more people are signing up and finding out for themselves. the white house is ramping up efforts to enroll young people. and today president obama says he won't accept republicans' obstruction. >> instead of rooting for
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failure or re-fighting old battles, republicans in congress need to work with us to improve those things about the affordable care act that aren't working as well as they should. and implement policies to strengthen the middle class and create jobs. >> how's that for a plan? it's time to stop fighting the old battles. time to work together and get this law to help even more people. joining me now are margie o'mara and joe madison. thank you both for being here. >> good evening, reverend. >> thank you. >> margie, more news about the health care law and reports that the website is getting better and better. where does this fight go now? the republicans knocking it. what does this good news do to their argument? >> well, they're rooting for bad news as the president says. it's unfortunate. instead of looking to their constituents to find them with anecdotes showing how obama care
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might hurt them, they should be talking to their constituents and saying, hey, how can we help you get health care? are you uninsured? do you need help? have you been denied insurance because of a pre-existing condition? i'm your member of congress. that's my job to provide constituent services. but instead they're looking for ways to score political points. and hopefully as enrollment continues, it's continuing actually at five times the rate as romney care at this point. you'll see more of these stories. you'll see more people saying i need this, i want this. let's not get rid of this. let's not have political battles over it but try to make it work for everybody. >> you know, joe madison, a lot of groups that support the health care law have been trying to push people out trying to get mothers to convince their adult children to enroll. "the new york times" reports, quote, when it comes to making major life decisions, many people, especially young adults, still turn to their mothers for
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help. women make about 80% of the health care decisions for their families. but the right are seeing red over efforts to get moms and families to talk about insurance over the holidays. listen to this. >> they're crafty, but what are you asking mothers to do? right here. bribe your child into signing up for health care? mother knows best. or the government telling the mother. >> guilt them in. >> moms are smarter than this. they're not going to be used as pawns by the government most likely. >> thanksgiving is a national american holiday. and its purpose is to thank god for the united states of america and instead obama people are being propagandized to convince people to give thanks to obama for obama care. >> now, having a conversation about getting your family insured is really propaganda,
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joe. i mean -- >> oh, yeah. >> your family insured is ruining your holiday? can you believe this stuff, joe? >> no. you know, rush limbaugh's turkey is cooked and just -- somebody just needs to stuff him and put him away. look. the reality is this. there is really no complaint about the product. let's go back. no one is complaining. that list of things you indicated and showed, no one is complaining about the product. now, there were complaints about how the delivery system was flawed, but the product is solid. number two, i would say to every mother and our adult children, they always listen to mom. dads don't count. so moms at the dinner table, you find out is that adult child covered and convince them, share with them what you would have
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done if you would have had obama care if it had been available when you were in your 20s. and that's what will sell it. >> and by the way, i'm sure, joe means that he's a political turkey that you want political stuffing. i just don't want no misunderstanding on what you're saying. >> thanks for the clarification. i appreciate you having my back. yes, he is a political turkey. if he were a goose, he'd be cooked too. >> now, i was talking earlier about how republicans accused the president of trying to distract people from the health care law with the iran nuclear deal. that's not the only distraction they see. listen to this. >> liberal harry reid used the quote, nuclear option to eradicate most filibusters for presidential nominees. this was politically timed all to turn your attention away from obama care. >> now obama's trying to distract us from the obama care
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scandal with this iranian deal. and that, i firmly believe. >> forget obama care. president obama wants to talk about immigration? will changing the subject actually work? >> so to recap this, marge, filibuster reform was a distraction. iranian nuclear deal was a distraction. even though he's been pushing immigration reform since january, it's just another big old distraction. i mean, can the president do anything without the right wingers of accusing him of trying to distract people from obama care? >> the thing is we want to be talking about obama care. we want people to explore the website, learn about obama care, and sign up. that's something that we want people to talk about. it's not something we want to sweep under the rug. >> right. >> and, you know, just to go back to the point about moms. as a mom and as someone who studied a lot of moms, the fact
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that we are -- that people are reaching out to moms and use them as a vehicle for talking about health care makes so much sense because they drive so many health care purchases. when i talk to moms around the country, it is frequently the number one thing that they say occupies their mind. that they think about, that they worry about their kids. >> i've got to leave it there. thank you so much margie o'mara and joe madison. thank you for your time. >> happy thanksgiving. >> same to you. coming up, the gun and ammo arsenal inside george zimmerman's home. that's next. [ coughs, sneezes ]
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reveals what police found in zimmerman's home. they performed the search just days after zimmerman allegedly pointed a gun in his girlfriend's case, a claim he denies. police found five guns and over a hundred rounds of ammunition. among the firearms was an ar-15 semiautomatic assault rifle, three handguns, a .38, .9 mm and a glock 19. and a high capacity cal tech 12 gauge shotgun. the one presumably mentioned in her 911 call. >> what's going on? >> he's in my housebreaking all my [ bleep ] because i asked him to leave. he has a freaking gun breaking all of my stuff right now. no. this is not -- >> okay. >> i'm doing this again? you just broke my glass table. you broke my sunglasses and you
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put your gun in my freaking face and told me to get the [ bleep ] out. this is not your house. get out of here. >> zimmerman denies those allegations. they say it appeared he locked the shotgun back up before they arrested him. he is free on bail, but under o court order forbidding him from having guns. how might the guns impact a potential trial? joining me now is lisa bloom. her upcoming book is called "suspicion nation: the inside story of trayvon martin and justice and why we are doomed to repeat it" and former profiler clint van zandt. lisa, let me go to you first. this is quite an arsenal. i mean, does this validate the story the girlfriend told the police from seminole county?
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>> well, it certainly confirms he has weapons of the kind she was complaining about in the home. i don't think there was much doubt about that. i think bigger picture, this has to send a chill up the spine of anybody concerned about safety. this is the third woman who's complained about being threatened by george zimmerman. each of them who loved him at one point and said ultimately at one point he was threatening them. what's interesting to me, if he is convicted of any domestic violence crime, even a misdemeanor, he will be barred from having guns for the rest of his life under federal law. there's a case in the u.s. supreme court right now challenging that, but under current law, even a misdemeanor conviction, he will never own guns again for the rest of his life. >> clint, i mentioned the police found over a hundred rounds of ammunition. that included nine millimeter rounds, 12 gauge shotgun rounds and 59 ar-15 rounds.
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what does this to understand zimmerman's thinking? >> well, look at his thinking, al. this is a guy who says he is dead broke who originally had to have a court appointed attorney and yet he's got three or four thousand dollars worth of guns right there. and as lisa says, this is the same guy who not only killed this black teenager, but in september he takes a gun and he -- first he punches out his father-in-law and then threatens his estranged wife. well, it's just a couple months later he moves on and now he threatens his girlfriend. this guy, it seems like guns are some type of an extension of his personality. not only can he not keep out of trouble, he can't keep out of the news. and everything seems to have a firearms connotation with him. >> now, look at this arsenal. this is the arsenal found in zimmerman's house, lisa.
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and clint. look at this arsenal. and when you look at the arsenal and you think about two women who were involved with zimmerman described him just in the last week as emotionally unstable, here's what his estranged wife shellie zimmerman said. think of this arsenal while you hear this. >> i haven't seen him in a couple months. but it certainly seems like something snapped in his spirit. >> and made him behave like what? >> like a monster. >> it seems as if george is a ticking time bomb. i mean, given all these incidents, these run-ins, you know, repeated incidents over just this last year. what do you think is going to happen to him? >> i don't know. i certainly hope there are no casualties. i hope that there's no violence.
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but he does seem like a ticking time bomb. i know i'm certainly afraid. >> she's afraid, ticking time bomb, and if he is is ticking time bomb, a well armed one, zimmerman's girlfriend and her mother made the following claims to an orlando tv reporter who was on our show. they said, zimmerman was in a deep depression, that he talked of suicide especially when he wasn't in the headlines, and that he had a fascination with guns. >> right. >> this is what the girlfriend says. >> right. and he's clearly had that fashion nation with guns for some time. this is a guy who wore a concealed weapon. he put it behind him. he had a jacket over it. he had a concealed weapon. when he was just going to target. that was the beginning of the trayvon martin incident that resulted in the death of a 17-year-old boy. we have to start listening to women in this country and in
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this case. we have to listen to shellie zimmerman who also said in that interview police said she would go to jail if she pressed domestic violence charges against george zimmerman. i hope that's not true. i think people can responsibly own guns in this country. but george zimmerman is clearly not one of them. >> clint, what do you think about this that mrs. zimmerman was told she could go to jail? >> i hope someone like lisa would be there to stand up and defend them. this is a guy that was taking prescription drugs at the time of the shooting. his girlfriend said he was depressed, that he fought with his wife the night of the shooting. you know, you take that -- >> shooting of trayvon martin. >> -- anger, depression, rage, and guns. that spelled murder that night. >> you're talking about the
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night of trayvon martin shooting when he killed trayvon martin. >> exactly. the night of trayvon martin shooting, supposedly he had four different prescription drugs, antianxiety included, that he had fought with his wife that night, that she had left and al you've got this volcano of emotions that was moving through this guy. and what does he do? he picks up his gun and goes out to take control of his life again, to be somebody in that neighborhood. and then this terrible confrontation occurs. what does the police dispatcher tell him? don't follow that man. and he does it anyway. and then we have a death that arises from it. wrong place, wrong time, wrong emotions, al. >> lisa bloom, clint van zandt, i'm going to have to leave it there, but thanks for your time tonight. we'll be right back. ya know, with new fedex one rate
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the holiday season is here. festive time, but it's also a time to reflect on the millions of americans who are struggling and looking for work. more than 11 million americans are looking for jobs, but more than 3 million jobs remain unfulfilled right now. there are a lot of reasons for this, but the biggest is the skills gap. too few people have the right skills to fill those jobs. in this great country, that's just not acceptable. we need to come together to
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refocus our priorities. one step is to fully fund training programs so more people can get the skills they need. the president talks about it. >> we've got to help our workers get the training to compete for the industries of tomorrow. no job in america should go unfilled because somebody doesn't have the right skills to get that job. nobody. so if there's a job open, we should train those folks right away so they can do the job. >> the industry is expected to have the most job growth in the next seven years, are health care, leisure and hospitality, professional and business services, business and financial operations, and technology and information services. in our advancing the dream series, we highlight programs doing the great work of training
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organized the nation's first boycott of segregated buses. it became the blueprint for the montgomery busboy c boycott led rosa parks and dr. martin luther king. >> dr. martin luther king came to me because he knew two years prior we had had a bus boycott. we gave the know how. >> he commanded respect from politicians on both sides of the aisle later becoming the president of the national baptist convention. he passed away in baton rouge earlier this month at the age of 95. lying in repose at the louisiana state capitol, something that would have been unthinkable in that state before he came along to do what he did. reverend w. franklin richardson who eulogized him and one of my
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mentors said you don't judge a giant by how tall he stands. you judge him by the footprint he leaves in history. we will miss reverend jemison because when it was time for justice and fairness and courage, he never missed showing up for us. thanks for watching. i'm al sharpton. "hardball" starts right now. fear itself. let's play "hardball." ♪ good evening. i'm chris matthews in washington. let me start tonight with this, no sooner than the president tried to avoid a third war, the knee jerk right of this country began tweeting its call to arms. the mere word alone that an american president wants to avoid yet another bloody open ended